There was a bit more fast-medium today, or maybe we finally dropped to medium-fast. Either way, it was all a bit ethereal. There’s a point in every massive innings where everyone in the field’s just resigned themselves to things. It’s usually about 430. After that, you get a watercolour painting of cricket – wishy-washy and of no real consequence.
Declarations change the vibe considerably. Everything sharpens. You go from each run being a mere 500th of the total where wickets are of no real consequence to a situation where every run feels vital and a wicket is effectively five per cent of the rest of the Test match.
Each of England’s pace bowlers got through 30-odd overs. Somehow only five overs out of 146 were bowled by part-timers. Joe Root bowled four overs on a pitch where the main spinner took five of seven wickets to fall. The next Test starts on Friday.
For his part, Nathan Lyon was good and fresh after being deemed surplus to requirements for the first two Tests. Skittering in with his big Mekon head, he created chances, even if we didn’t see a right lot of Jeff. We saw a nightwatchman though. Not sure why.